by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
While his size will likely keep him from being a full-time running back, Kent State’s Dri Archer put himself on the map with his performance at the Combine. According to Walter Football:
“Kent State running back Dri Archer burned the track in the 40-yard dash with an official time of 4.26, which was faster than any player at last year’s Combine. That was only .02 away from tying Chris Johnson for the all-time fastest 40 at the Combine. Archer (5-8, 173) is undersized to be a full-time running back, but he can also work as a slot receiver. In the field drills, Archer showed nice fluid athletic ability with change-of-direction skills. He had loose hips to change direction on a dime.”
Archer’s big season came in 2012, when he amassed 1,429 yards & 16 TD on the ground and another 561 yards & 4 TD through the air. He was also electric in the return game, with 591 yards and 3 TD on kickoff returns (36.9 yards/return). Unfortunately he failed to match those numbers in 2013, as he was hampered by injuries.
According to Jordan Raanan of nj.com (click here for the article), it was an ankle injury that caused him to miss time. He managed 854 yards and “just” 10 TD from scrimmage, while also returning just two kickoffs (and taking one for a TD).
His size is going to work against him, as there are going to be obvious concerns that he can’t handle a regular NFL workload. Still, as a situational player in the right situation Archer has the potential to be a regular fantasy contributor. The question is going to be where he lands, making him an interesting player to monitor on draft day.
If he lands in the right situation he’s going to be an asset in 2014. If not, it could take a little longer but his explosiveness should eventually put him on the map.
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